I listen to a lot of podcasts, and a lot of NPR. Therefore, I am constantly an unwilling witness to the tiring process of the “it” author/director/actor/chef/quirky ordinary person who makes the rounds of pretty much every single podcast and NPR program I listen to. All the food podcasts feature pretty much the same people, which is why I can now recite Judith Jones’ major anecdotes word for word. Losing her purse in Paris? Meeting Julia? The Anne Frank manuscript? Her mother’s last words? Bring it on, I’ll tell you all about it.
Michael Pollan is makin’ the rounds these days (as noted by Jenny S. below), and with good reason. He is a smart guy, and, as previously stated, I agree with 90% of what he says. But the more of his interviews I hear, the more I want to go crawl in an itunes-unequipped hole, because the fact that his new book is getting so much press means that Americans are, incredibly!, even more stupid than I had thought.
MiPo has written a book (pretty much) literally called: “Food is What Human Beings Should Eat: Read This Book and Learn All About The New Miracle Wonder Food, Called Food”
As he himself says in every single interview (and you can’t blame him, the questions are all the same too), all you need to know about “In Defense of Food” is the seven words on the back cover:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
I hope he is laughing all the way to the bank. I sincerely congratulate him for figuring out a way to make good cash off the endlessly deep chasm of stupidity that is the modern American consumer. I’m not being cutsey – people really do need to hear his message. Let’s just be clear about this:
It’s so bad out there that we actually need a book to tell us to EAT FOOD.